Alumni profiles

Daksha Bhatia (B.A., 2011)

I am a corporate lawyer at Whiteman Osterman & Hanna LLP in Albany, New York. Upon graduating from UAlbany, I attended Fordham University School of Law. My Philosophy degree helped prepare me for everything from studying for the LSAT to the core aspects of my job as a lawyer. My major helped me learn to read critically, synthesize information and write clearly, which made my first year of law school less overwhelming. I was prepared to dive into a lengthy judicial opinion or law review article and follow the arguments on either side of an issue.

My Philosophy degree helped prepare me for everything from... the LSAT to the core aspects of my job as a lawyer.

Today, a majority of my time is spent drafting and revising documents with the goal of memorializing the agreement among parties without ambiguity and four years of reading and writing within the Philosophy Department provided valuable experience.

David Tedesche (M.A., 2001)

I am a Catholic priest in the diocese of Rochester, NY. I am currently engaged in parish work. My M.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Albany was one of the best things I did in my life. It was a great compliment to my undergraduate degree in English, an important step towards my own intellectual maturity, and an essential preparation for my study of theology. In many ways, for the Catholic priest, philosophy is more important even than theology. The Catholic Church knows this and so requires all seminarians to study philosophy before studying theology. So often theological issues reduce to philosophical problems.

My M.A. in Philosophy from SUNY Albany was one of the best things I did in my life.

There are numerous aspects of my current work—preaching, teaching, giving moral and pastoral counsel to others—that require a familiarity with the most important questions in life and an ability to engage them critically. My philosophy degree from SUNY Albany helped me acquire this familiarity and ability.